‘Soul Care’ Discovery: In spite of ‘the passing years,’ caring well for my soul will reflect from the inside out. I will care for my soul by:
- tending first to my own soul—body mind and spirit. This is prudent, is not selfish, and only I am responsible.
- caring with loving, healthy boundaries those my soul encounters.
- courageously and unashamedly living out the passion God places in me.
- focusing less on the way I look and more on the legacy I’ll leave.
- committing to grow old with grace, dignity and a sense of humor.
- scheduling one to two personal retreats each year for reflection, assessment and dreaming.
I will seek to avoid:
- saying “yes” to that which is not my soul’s best.
- slacking off on self-care.
- worrying about wrinkles.
- thinking negative, cynical thoughts or speaking careless, critical, harsh, insulting, words.
- focusing on what is wrong with others, including the culture in which God has placed me and has called me to be “salt” and “light.”
- fear of any ilk!
- accepting a victimization viewpoint.
‘Soul Care’ Practice: The matter of ‘soul care’ in a way that honors God is one about which I’m serious, even though, honestly, I have more questions about life, God and my soul than I have answers.
In spite of that, I believe in the absolute goodness of God. I have caught a glimpse of God weaving together the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly of my life into a tapestry that’s worthwhile. And, while we will never see fully the beauty of our tapestry on this earth, I believe this life isn’t all there is. With every year that passes and with every loved one who passes, my hope and assurance of Heaven grows stronger.
Recently, I attended a leadership seminar conducted by Terry Gurno. I’ve known Terry for several years. I know he’s the real deal, and when he talked about a moment that was pivotal in his journey of ‘soul care,’ I sat up and took notice. Terry described his introduction to the concept of a “No Victims, No Excuses” mindset, and, as a result, he purposed to take full responsibility for every single aspect of his life, including a childhood filled with abuse at home, negative messages at school and bitter adult professional disappointments.
That’s the kind of ‘soul care’ I want to practice.
That kind of ‘soul care’ will result in beauty reflected from the inside out!
That kind of ‘soul care,’ like fine wine, becomes even better when aged!
Blessings on your journey of caring for your soul…